It’s getting increasingly difficult for me to review WKW’s films. I have no idea he does it really o___0 I’m on my 3rd of his works, Ashes of Time Redux (I’m still looking for a good quality of the original as I’ve heard there are vast differences resulted from the twitching) and I’m baffled, intrigued, and awe-struck. I dunno what to say about this film, it’s whimsical, sometimes confusing, strange.. hmm I dunno I’m lost for words.
The film is Wuxia, but yet again, WKW doesn’t entrap and restrain himself to this specific genre. I sense so many things creep up from underneath, from the dialogues and the lines that define WKW’s perception of love and life in film. I see all his characters go through physical and emotional strain, highlighted in the most unconventional ways, through narratives presented in different point of views (in particular Ou Yang Feng’s). The film is artistically and gorgeously presented, with brushes and strokes of iridescent colors, overlap of layers, blurriness of scenes, mixture of tone and mood you get me, but yet it feels emotionally rich and enhancing, with a deepening message that pieces up and lingers once you get to the end. I think I get it, the notion of internally mourning the loss of love and grieving over the past and what could have been. But I think if I rewatch, I will definitely discover more. There must be, given WKW’s thought process into making something this queer.
Leslie oh Leslie, I’m such a latecomer to your awesomeness that I feel sad you’re no longer around no more T____T I’ve only seen his comedic CNY stuff in the past and NOOOO, I didn’t know he had such gravitas and charm that could just literally just burn a house! The same way Tony does it, effortless! I love his Ou Yang Feng, as cynical and impassive as he may seem, it’s impossible to not like or show interest in him. The way he spends his time with the different characters (played by the truly stellar cast, maybe a lil exception, Briggite Lin seemed a bit OTT at times), the way his pre-conceived notions and perceptions waver from his learning from life experiences with these people. Feels bitter and painful, truthfully agonizing at times, but so beautifully heightened by how WKW highlights his dynamics with them.
I am not going to get into a review (it’d be half-baked anyway) because I simply am not up to it, I just can’t. This film requires eloquence and articulation of thoughts that can make you feel the film reading it as much as you’re watching, something which I profess not to have at all. All my stuff are merely dragonfly touches on the water, I don’t think I’ve even dug thru the surface yet!
But as usual, a memorable and fav scene from the film:
A scene that really reaches out, and defines human frailty when faced with insecure thoughts, a point in the film that made Ou Yang Feng think twice about his life. Hong Chat’s lines I will never forget, because what he says is shockingly true, how second thoughts make a difference in decisions. How they frame what you are and who you are.
In short, an exquisite wuxia film from WKW. Stylised and strange as expected, but surprisingly gripping from within.
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